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Apr 10, 2004

New Gadgetry

In the last couple days, I have added a couple of gadgets to The Stakeholder… If you would like to see the blog in a larger or smaller font, just click the links over on the left side. If you would like to get an email notification of new entries (and who doesn’t?) just put your email address into the box and we will sign you up. Are there other gadets that you folks would be interested in?

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Apr 09, 2004

NRCC fined $280,000 for Campaign Finance Law Violation

Holy crap. The NRCC just got slapped with a $280,000 fine by the FEC (for cheating during the 2000 election cycle). Here is the AP story (LA Times - free registration required). The Federal Election Commission says the NRCC transferred $500,000 in soft money to the U.S. Family Network during the primary season in 1999 to fund political ads that the NRCC should have paid for with a mix of soft money—unlimited donations from companies and others—and hard money, …

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Apr 09, 2004

Ask the DCCC - Rangel/Craine Edition

Don’t say we never did nothin’ for ya… Stakeholder Gurlll asked in the comments to our post on Bush’s Manufacturing Czar: Just wondering why the stall on the Crane-Rangel manufacturing bill? With the points Pelosi used to bolster the bill it seems like a win-win situation for both sides of the aisle. Good question. We did some checking, and - thanks to our Policy Director, (name withheld by request - she is shy -) - we have an answer …

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Apr 09, 2004

If Only They Could Vote…

It would be a landslide: Many Washington area public schools have cut back on recess and field trips to spend more time on reading and math, prompting complaints that the No Child Left Behind law has made school too much of a chore. Headlines from the future:  A generation of children, scarred by the theft of their recess in elementary school, have emerged as a powerful voting bloc that has managed to eject Republicans from all American public offices. …

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Apr 09, 2004

NRCC Shakedown

From WSJ’s Washington Wire: Illinois caterer Steve McMonagh complains he was duped by the National Republican Congressional Committee into donating $100. He says he thought it would finance a newspaper ad after a telemarketer told him he had been nominated for Bush’s Business Advisory Council. “The word Republican was not mentioned,” he insists. An NRCC spokesman said the partisan nature of such solicitations is mentioned “right off the bat.” Anybody who gives us a donation today will be nominated …

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Apr 09, 2004

Choices to Make

Perhaps the most interesting and intense showdown to emerge from the TX redistricting plan is the race between Frost (D) and Sessions (R), two incumbents thrown against eachother.  The GOP assumption, and many bought into this, was that Sessions would have a cakewalk.  But the pundits and analysts that be have pretty much all recently re-called the race as a toss-up.  And when Frost implies in his blog ads that there is no better way to stick it to …

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Apr 08, 2004

Ill-logic

Dan Froomkin, who writes the quasi-blog column for the Washington Post, has a good one today entitled “Where’s the President?”  He discusses the reaction to the strange demand that the President will only appear before the 9/11 Commision alongside Cheney (see our post on Nancy Pelosi’s statement), which includes the following quotes: CNN’s Bill Schneider: “It’s raising some damaging questions about whether or not George Bush knows enough to testify on his own or whether he’s dependent on Vice …

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Apr 08, 2004

Pelosi on Manufacturing Czar

Link: Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the announcement by the Bush Administration that it intended to nominate California businessman Al Frink to serve as ‘manufacturing czar’: “President Bush hasn’t created a single manufacturing job over the past three years, and 1 million jobs have been sent overseas since the beginning of his Administration.  Today, the Administration finally managed to create one more job by appointing a new ‘manufacturing czar’—a position that took …

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Apr 08, 2004

Trudat

Rasmussen Reports: Wednesday April 07, 2004—If the Congressional elections were held today, forty-four percent (44%) of Likely Voters say they would vote for a Democrat and 34% for a Republican. That 10-point edge matches the Democrat’s biggest lead of the year. While 79% of Democrats say they will vote for a Democrat in Congress and 75% of Republicans say they will vote for their party, the big difference comes from unaffiliated voters. Among these voters, Democrats are preferred for …

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Apr 07, 2004

Rep. Jan Schakowsky wins Roll Call’s “Speakerology”!

Proving its might yet again, the Blogosphere pushed Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL9) to the top in the Roll Call “Speakerology” (registration required) contest. Thanks to loads of votes from the Blogs, she smacked down GOP Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO7) by almost 3 to 1. Blunt, however, more than tripled the previous GOP record for votes in his losing effort - which was bolstered by a post on the Joplin (Mo.) Independent online news forum (according to Roll Call …

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Apr 07, 2004

Dingell on DoD and the Enviroment

DOD AGAIN SEEKS ENVIRONMENTAL EXEMPTIONS DESPITE ITS HISTORIC RECORD OF CONTAMINATION       Washington, D.C. -  Congressman John D. Dingell, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, blasted the Department of Defense (DOD) today for once again seeking legislation that would exempt the Department from vital environmental laws that protect the public health.       “It’s disturbing enough that the Department of Defense has left a lethal legacy of contamination throughout our country and has …

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Apr 07, 2004

Houghton Out

A reader from On Background brought this up in comments yesterday, but moderate Republican Houghton is now retiring in NY-29.  The situation is that it’s Republican-leaning…   But Republicans aren’t likely to have a free ride in a district held by Democrat Rep. Stan Lundine before Houghton was first elected in 1986. Samara Barend, a former campaign organizer for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is primed to enter the race, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Greg Speed.   …

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Apr 07, 2004

Props (Part II)

Jesse Berney downstairs in the DNC had a brutal entry two days ago on the Republican tradition of using minorities as props, centered around this quote from the Washington Post: There are those who suggest the Republicans are cynical in their efforts to broaden the base to minorities. “It’s really all about white swing voters, and that’s what is so offensive to me,” says Faye Anderson, a former vice chair of the RNC’s minority outreach committee. “Republicans have a …

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Apr 06, 2004

How Many Investigations Is That?

Depends how you count ‘em I suppose.  11? 12? 13?  Somewhere in there. The Treasury Department’s inspector general is looking into the agency’s decision to analyze presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s tax proposals. “We’re going to do a preliminary inquiry into what was produced,” Richard Delmar, counsel in the Office of Inspector General, said Tuesday. [edit] House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, had requested that Treasury conduct the cost analysis. The department’s analysis of Kerry’s plan had ignited …

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Apr 06, 2004

Pincers Closing in on DeLay?

If you want “a seat at the table” to make your own legislation, you know where to go: Westar Energy Inc. has finished an internal investigation of its political activities during the 2002 election cycle, and the Federal Election Commission is now involved, the company’s chief executive said Monday. [edit] Last year saw the disclosure of company e-mails from 2002 detailing a plan to give $56,000 to Republican congressional campaigns that year “to get a seat at the table” …

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